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Mindconnection eNL, 2006-10-08

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In this issue:

  1. Product Highlights
  2. Brainpower tip
  3. Time tip
  4. Finance tip
  1. Security tip
  2. Health tip/Fitness tip
  3. Miscellany
  4. Thought for the day

1. Product Highlights

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2. Brainpower tip

There will be blood in the streets, quite literally, as a result of the insane practice of changing the clocks biannually. On the 29th, we end Daylight Wasting Time.

This brainpower tip is sort of a double header on a single theme. The first "header" addresses why smart people refer to Daylight Wasting Time as Daylight Wasting Time, but members of Congress call it Daylight "Savings" Time. The second "header" addresses preserving your mental capabilities through the biannual clock transitions.

Language as a tool of manipulation and control

We are constantly bombarded with "reverse language," which is designed to give a positive image to something negative. It's a classic manipulation technique, and it's very effective if you're not alert for it.

Perhaps you read Orwell's 1984? Or Fahrenheit 451 (not to be confused with Michael Moore's fraudumentary that played on the name)? Orwell explored this manipulative technique in his books, and Moore uses it in his fraudumentaries.

Here are some examples of "reverse language", followed by the actual meaning:

  • At the end of the day. I threw this in here, because I am so sick of hearing this idiotic phrase. What it means: "Here comes a major dose of useless commentary, which I felt I had to make because I either wasn't keeping up with the conversation or am too constipated to produce an original thought at this time."
  • Cost control, corporate. Layoffs.
  • Cost control, government. Cost increase due to additional paperwork and regulations.
  • Department of Homeland Security. Often referred to as Department Homeland Stupidity, these are the folks who gave us the duct tape fiasco. This is another government agency mired in turf wars, inefficient mindsets, paperwork, and lack of clearly articulated purpose. The result is predictable.
  • Daylight Savings Time. Setting the clocks forward in the spring so as to cause a loss of one hour of morning daylight all summer and setting them back in the fall so it's still dark in the morning but now dark an hour earlier in the evening. A side benefit is population control, due to the higher level of traffic fatalities and industrial deaths resulting from the sleep deprivation.
  • Gun control. Also referred to as "facilitated violent crime." This kind of irresponsible legislation merely provides improved working conditions for violent criminals. A law cannot stop people from killing other people. It can only change who can legally defend herself, himself, or his/her children.
  • Immigration border fence. A $2 billion + waste of taxpayer dollars that will accomplish nothing, while federal tax collectors turn people out of their homes on fabricated tax debt charges to fund more such stupidity. Some people are actually applauding this pathetic waste of money, which just goes to show you that people can still appear to lead normal lives, even with severe brain damage. Modern medicine is wonderful.
  • Municipal improvement project. A change in some curbing or other nominal feature, with the purpose of increasing the property assessment so a higher property tax can be collected without actually declaring a tax increase. Retired people are increasingly "improved" right out of their homes because they can't pay the government rent.
  • Property tax. Rent. In the USA, nobody owns a house. Everyone rents it from the government. If you doubt this, try not paying property tax and you will see who owns your home. The same principle applies to vehicle tax.
  • Restructuring, corporate. Layoffs.
  • Restructuring, government. New names for the same old useless organizations.
  • Revenue enhancement, corporate. Layoffs.
  • Revenue enhancement, government. Yet another tax increase.
  • Tax cut. A way for Congress to pass a stealth sales tax. A true tax cut does not exist, unless it is accompanied by a spending reduction (at least in the short term). The government borrows, thus increasing the cost of capital to businesses--who pass those costs onto the consumer through higher prices.
  • Tax increase. Effectively, a wage cut. Normally targeted at the working class.

Finally,  here's one more. I put this one at the end of the list, because some readers would stop if they saw it at the top. Please think about this one. Don't read into it the normal emotional overtones. Instead, think about what is actually being said.

  • Abortion ban. Mandated abortion by coat hanger wire.

Why: You can't stop abortion, you can only change the method by which it is done. I am not saying anything here about abortion itself. Only that a ban on it simply changes the method of abortion. That change endangers the mother and any future children she may have. If you are "pro life," then you necessarily must be "anti abortion-ban." That is not the same as being "pro abortion." The use of "pro life" to mean "pro abortion ban" is a gross misuse of language, because an abortion ban actually costs lives. If you want to stop abortion, you can't ask the government to do it. The outcome will not be what you intended--it will actually be "anti-life."

Now, you can see that every one of these language abuses comes from people who seek to control other people. And that, dear readers, is the whole point of misusing words.

On the last one listed, I'll say the intent is not evil, but is simply one of not understanding the consequences. That may or may not be the case. But let's give the language-twisters on this one the benefit of the doubt.

For all of the others, we can assume either evil intent or profound stupidity. As I find it hard to believe that much stupidity can be so enduring, my opinion is there is evil intent behind these language misuses. The cynicism with which most people greet "elections" would seem to indicate this is pretty much the prevailing view.

As Orwell pointed out, you can control people by controlling their language. For that same reason, English rulers punished Irish people for speaking Gaelic. The penalty was usually death by hanging, though death by rape, bludgeoning, burning, and/or impalement were also used.

Language has power. Be alert to where this power is abused. Don't call things by their "proper" name. Call them by their right name. The truth shall set you free--intellectually, at least.

Costs of DWT

Daylight Wasting Time is arguably the worst "Hi, I'm from the government and am here to help you" idea ever foisted on the public. It is certainly among the most destructive and expensive. Arizona and Indiana do not subject their citizens to this kind of abuse (except near Chicago), so it's not universal. It's just accepted as "normal," when it should be the object of an intense campaign to eliminate it.

Some of the "benefits" we "enjoy" as a result of this colossally stupid government error include:

  1. A loss of an hour of daylight (returned to us at the end of DWT, when it no longer is useful).
  2. Sleep deprivation, which is considered an act of torture and cruelty if done to prisoners. What does that make us?
  3. A spike in the level of industrial accidents and fatalities for three weeks following the clock change, due to item #2.

The biggest problem for us is that loss of sleep, because it impairs our brains. I'll tell you more about that in a moment.

As Kansas is (for now) located in the Northern Hemisphere, I'll ask our readers in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other places south of the equator to just allow for the NH-centric references to the seasons. I'm not intending to insult or marginalize you by talking in NH terms only. If your underwear is in a knot over that, here's an excuse: I'm in good company. Bruce Simpson puts out a wonderful daily (5 X/wk) column from New Zealand, and he's SH-centric. You can see his stuff at Sometimes, he rants worse than I do, but it's always a good read.

[Note: If you would like to be insulted or marginalized personally, that is now a service we offer. Just shoot me an e-mail, detailing the kind of insult you would like to receive and how much you are willing to pay for it. Reasonable offers will be accepted.].

This fall, we get back an hour of daylight, only to discover that now it doesn't make any difference because we still go to work in the dark (those who commute do, anyhow). If we'd had that hour during the summer, it would have been helpful. Nothing we can do about that. This is the government doing things bassackwards as usual.

The traffic deaths, finger amputations, electrocutions, and other "pleasures" resulting from trying to function on even less sleep than normal are preventable. And the way to prevent them is to take steps to prevent the staggering IQ loss that comes with insufficient sleep.

Actual measurements of this loss are profound--dropping by an order of magnitude or more is not uncommon. So, a person of normal IQ may functionally be on par with someone who is legally classified as mentally retarded. Think about this for a moment. It explains the "senior moments," "brain farts," and even panic you have felt (assuming you are somewhere among the estimated 80% of Americans who are chronically sleep-deprived).

(Please don't ask me about my own embarrassing moments).

You can find all kinds of information from various sources, including the Sleep Institute, showing just how damaging being even a little sleep-deprived is. As a yardstick, remember this: A person who is 20% sleep-deprived has the mental acuity of a person who is drunk. Now, let's do the math.

Let's assume you are among the 80% of adults who needs eight hours of sleep (some need more, some need less, teens need significantly more). Don't automatically put yourself in the other 20% and think you don't need eight. According to researchers, it's almost a given that a person grossly underestimates the amount of sleep s/he actually needs. If you think you are fine with 6 hours of sleep, there's a nearly 100% chance that you actually need closer to 8 hours. The problem is your judgment is too impaired by sleep loss for you to know the difference. So, let's assume eight hours.

With the clock change that occurs when going from DWT to standard time, you lose more than an hour of sleep. This is for the simple reason that it's very hard to change the time of day at which you fall asleep. So, you lose sleep on both ends, not just the one.

"But wait! I get to sleep in an hour later!" Oh, really? If you are used to getting up at a specific time, guess what? You are adjusted to that. If you are one of those people who sets an alarm (very bad idea) and needs it to arise each morning (very bad situation), you still aren't getting an extra hour of quality sleep--your body is anticipating that stupid, jarring alarm that you should not be setting. It is trying to wake up and stay asleep at the same time--moving you into a semi-sleep that isn't all that beneficial.

When you first change the clock for DWT, you can lose even more than an hour on each end. This is what sleep researchers are finding (when people attempt to change their bedtimes), and it's very consistent.

Just to be conservative, let's say you lose only two hours. That is a 25% sleep deprivation. This means you drive to work more mentally impaired than if you were way drunk, stagger through the day with that impairment, and then interact with friends and family with your senses not actually intact. Is that any way to live?

No, of course not. So, why do we do it? Quite simply, members of Congress don't consider the consequences of their legislation. This is partly because they are insulated from those consequences, and partly because that's who they tend to approach everything. We can't change members of Congress (not easily, anyways, due to the power of incumbency and the assistance of the disinforming mass media) and we can't boycott DWT, no matter how dangerous it is.

Preserving brainpower during DWT

You can prevent the bleary-eyed state of mental dullness for yourself, thus ensuring there is one less drunk driver on the road each morning and each afternoon (assuming you drive to/from work at those times).

The key is gradual adaptation. Ideally, you would start adapting now. It takes about three weeks to reset your internal clock. Make small changes in the days leading up to it, and continue after the clock change passes. Instead of one big "jet lag," you suffer a series of smaller ones. The alertness hit will be well within your safety zone, rather than making you dangerous.

This is akin to drinking a bottle of vodka in equal doses daily over six weeks, rather than all at once, before hopping behind the wheel of your car. Which way do you think will leave you less impaired?

If you want to experiment, do this.

  • Brew a cup of coffee, and drink a sip--just a sip--every morning until it's gone. Did you get a caffeine buzz? Nope.
  • Now, brew up 10 cups of coffee. Then, drink them all one right after the other.  Did you get a caffeine buzz? Yep.

Note: Don't do this experiment if you are taking any stimulants such as diet pills or decongestants, or are on any medication. In fact, it's really not a good idea to drink that much coffee at once. Just imagine this, and the point is made. Similarly, you do not need to jump off a 10-story building to get the point that doing so is going to have, shall we say, terminal effects..

Just start going to bed a little bit later and sleeping a little bit later. If your schedule is such that there is no extra time in the morning, then you'll need to wait until after the DWT clock change. Stay on the early schedule--now an hour early--weaning from it gradually. Spread out the time adjustment over 6 weeks. Make a small change, and then make another small change a few days later.

You won't be at your sharpest if you do the gradual adaptation approach. But the same can be said of you if you groggily slam into the back of a stopped semi at 80 MPH because of a DWT-induced deep mental haze. Most people would not emerge from such an encounter at all, much less at their sharpest.

3. Time Tip

4. Finance tip

Long-term Care Policies, Part Eight

More associations are offering deals on LTC. The NRA recently negotiated a consumer-favorable package for its members. Check with the associations you belong to and see if they can help out with LTC. Now, more tidbits on this subject....

As mentioned in a previous installment in this series, the premium for LTC depends on:

  • How old you are at the time you purchase the policy
  • Location, location, location
  • Marital status
  • Type and amount of coverage you want
  • Your health, as measured by standard insurance industry tools.

Please do not buy LTC you don't need just to avoid having a high rate later. Buy LTC at a young age only if you are seriously a candidate for LTC needs. Remember, paying 10% less for an additional 20 years really doesn't save you any money.

Some sales people will show you all kinds of charts, statistics, and projections to make it look as though you'd be stupid not to buy now. Don't even let them get started. Just state that these numbers apply to a demographic to which you do not belong and you are making your decisions independent of the aggregate statistics that really say nothing. If the sales person insists on showing you this garbage, end the meeting immediately. The sales person is not listening to you and doesn't have your interests at heart.

Oh, and any time you hear the word "average" in regard to premiums, coverage, or return on investment, consider that a huge red flag.

Paying premiums and Invoking benefits

Do you have to pay premiums, even when drawing benefits? Find out about this before you buy a given policy. Figure this into your total analysis, though, and don't look at it in isolation. You may actually save money with a policy that doesn't cut you a break, here. Or you may not. Look into it and run the numbers.

Typically, with a premium waiver situation, you must resume paying premiums as soon as you stop drawing benefits. This will normally be at the same rate you were paying before you began drawing. But nothing says your rate can't go up in the interim.

The laws vary from state to state, but in some states you can pay a policy in full. That is, instead of an annual premium, you buy a policy outright. This is usually on an installment plan--for example, over ten years. If you're considering this route, remember the time value of money. If you prepay your policy, you will give someone else the use of your money. If you pay over a longer time and invest your added cash flow in just about any mutual fund, you will end up with far more money--even if there is a substantial discount for a prepay.

As usual, I want to close this coverage of long-term care insurance by pointing out that your health is a much more sound investment than any insurance policy. You might eventually need the insurance, but don't conduct yourself in such a way as to make that a certainty. See for free articles on taking care of your body so it can, in turn, take care of you and your finances in the long-term.

5. Security tip

With airlines now banning bottled water, air travel has gone from being unpleasant to being downright unhealthy. I have always brought along a bottle of water (I fill a biker's bottle with filtered tap water), to reduce in-flight dehydration. I sip at it (to avoid filling up the bladder), so am still a tad thirsty when we land.

I bring along my own food, because the airlines pretty much limit you to insulin-spiking garbage if you rely on their "food." The food I bring is dry, so that it doesn't spoil. This induces thirst.

Now we have to rely on our captors to provide us with an easily-spilled tiny plastic glass of water that we can't set down anywhere. So, you have one shot to drink something or risk spilling it all over yourself and your laptop computer or other device. All while the 400-lb behemoth in front of you does his best to force the seat past its normally maximum position of recline. Tip: When you hear a grunt followed by a cracking sound (that would be the seat breaking), pull your laptop back so the screen doesn't get smashed.

Because so many Americans have been brainwashed into drinking cancer in a can (see, airlines stock plenty of that toxic brew. But water isn't guaranteed to be available because most people prefer soft drinks, and planes are stocked accordingly.

Thanks to Muslim terrorists (as opposed to the home-grown terrorists, such as the AT), one of the great benefits of living in the West has become one of its greatest liabilities. (If I've offended any Muslims, well, nobody is bombing trains, planes, and skyscrapers in the name of any other religion).

One solution is to drive everywhere, rather than fly, thus sending more petro dollars to the Middle East. Another solution is to take a good hard look at business travel and eliminate it wherever possible. This is, in fact, the solution that major corporations are increasingly implementing.

But what about trips you really want to take? Shouldn't you be allowed to fly? Sure. And those flights should be safe. Therein lies the problem. Our present safety policies are not sustainable.

Banning substances on our flights isn't going to make us safer. The Muslim terrorists will keep coming up with new threats, until the bans include everything. Not even clothing will be exempt. Board buck naked, or don't fly--that is where we are headed with this approach. Some people would say that's not all bad, but I'd prefer we not have to find out. Especially if that 400-lb behemoth waddles on in front of me.

My security tip in this issue is this. Write to the TSA ( and tell them you would like to see measures that address people. Water bottles don't bring planes down--people do. People are the danger.

So, we need security measures that do involve profiling. We need security measures that do allow some people to move through the lines because they have passed a special background check (honestly, can you imagine, say, your favorite actor blowing up a plane?). Forget about "fairness."

I think it's stupid to punish all people equally, when 99.9999% of people did nothing to deserve punishment. It's better to punish a minority, even though it's unfortunate that some perfectly decent people will be inconvenienced and embarrassed. The fact is, we are all inconvenienced now, and anybody who "looks Muslim" is already getting stares and is already embarrassed. I'm not saying people who "look Muslim" deserve that. I am saying the rest of us don't.

We need to stop reacting to every physical manifestation of terrorist intent. Such a policy just makes air travel more costly and less comfortable, which is exactly what these whackos want to see.

Don't bother writing to your CONgressman or senator--they haven't abolished the IRS yet, despite the desperate need to do so. Expecting them to do anything useful is rather pointless. But the TSA is supposed to be in charge of security. So, let them know you want security rather than useless hassle.


6. Health tip/Fitness tips

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7. Miscellany

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8. Thought for the Day

People will forget what you say. They will forget what you do. But people will never forget the way you made them feel.


Wishing you the best,

Mark Lamendola


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